Lynx is a
square topsail schooner based in Newport Beach, California. She is
an interpretation of an American letter of marque vessel of the same
name from 1812. The original Lynx completed one voyage, running the
Royal Navy blockade; the British captured her in 1813 at the start
of her second voyage and took her into service as HMS Mosquidobit.
America's Privateer Lynx
The replica of Lynx sailing today was designed by Melbourne
Smith - International Historical Watercraft Society, based on
historical data, and built by Taylor Allen and Eric Sewell of
Rockport Marine at Rockport, Maine. She was launched on July 28,
2001 at Rockport. Her port of registry is Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Today, instead of fighting the British like her original
counterpart, she serves as a sailing classroom. Lynx offers an early
American history program as well as a life, earth and physical
science program to schools. She teaches seamanship and history to
those who step on her deck. Notably, Lynx is known for her summer
program where she sails to Hawaii with students. Along the way
students learn about sail handling, navigation, seamanship,
leadership and learning to face unforeseen challenges.
The Lynx Educational Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit,
educational organization, dedicated to hands-on educational programs
that teach the history of America's struggle to preserve its